Re: Poetaster Edition (Hussein Ibish & Eli Lake)
It's beyond ironic (chutzpah anyone?) that Israel demands of Palestinians that they acknowledge Israel's right to exist, when the creation and expansion of the state of Israel has been premised on ethnic cleansing and incremental theft of Palestinian land, land on which the Palestinians had existed for hundreds of years, presumably with rights.
The Israeli position has been, "Yes, you have the right to exist, but somewhere else," which is precisely Hamas's condition: "Go exist, Jews, just don't exist here on our land."
The Israeli demand boils down to "Admit we're right who owns this land." Then, maybe, and just maybe, we'll concede a sliver of it to you for self-governance. If I were Palestinian, I would never accept that deal. The Israelis and Americans now want the world to believe that such a view can only be held by fanatics who want to blow up busloads of civilians and practice Shariah law from the Jordan to the Mediterranean, but that's just not true. It's not only mainstream Palestinian thinking, it's mainstream around the rest of the world and it makes perfect moral sense. Pragmatists may conclude that the best Palestinians can hope for is two states, but that is a far cry from conceding Israeli legitimacy to Zionize most of their land.
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